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Monomythic Roles In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

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Every story that has ever been written appears to have the same story line once it is broken down. They all follow an outline that was proposed by James Campbell called the monomyth. The outcomes of the stories may vary, but they all follow a certain story outline that has certain key points within the plot. Each story is also believed to have their character fall into certain categories within the monomyth story line that makes each story have the same structure (Campbell 12). Sir Gawain and the Green Knight dramatically demonstrates how the Green Knight’s monomythic roles of the evil figure who is ultimately good, mentor, and herald contribute to the development of Sir Gawain throughout the poem.
Even though the green knight turns out to be good at the end of the story, he still presents Gawain with a variety of difficult challenges throughout the poem that make him seem evil. The green knight is first perceived as evil when he barges into king Arthur’s castle and insults the knights of camelot for hesitating to cut off his head. The moment that Sir Gawain volunteers to cut off the green knights instead of allowing Arthur to do so he is crossing the threshold from the ordinary world into the world of adventure. When Gawain departs on his journey to have his head cut off he is putting the greater good of camelot before his preference of not being decapitated by giant green knights. This choice that Gawain makes marks his first step towards becoming a better knight. Even
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